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May 22, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: STATEMENT ON OPEN CARRY AMENDMENT

Tonight, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) voted for an amendment offered by Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) to HB 910, the open carry bill. Senator Ellis offers the following statement:

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 22, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: FIREWORKS DOUBLE TAXATION REPEALED

Senate Bill 761, authored by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and sponsored by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston), passed the Texas House and is on its way to the governor's desk.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


May 22, 2015

SENATOR BOB HALL: PASSES ELECTRIC GRID PROTECTION BILL OUT OF THE SENATE

On Friday, May 22, State Senator Bob Hall passed landmark legislation through the Texas Senate that directs the state to assess the vulnerability of its independent electric grid to the threat of an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP).

From Senator Bob Hall


May 22, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES HB 194, CREATING A STATE RECOGNITION DAY FOR GOLD STAR MOTHERS

Today, HB 194 authored by State Representative Four Price and sponsored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was sent to the Governor's Desk with overwhelming approval. from the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 22, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN: REFORM ADVOCATES: HOUSE BILL MAKES HEADWAY TOWARD MEETING ABBOTT'S CALL FOR ETHICS REFORM

Citizens’ groups urging serious political reform said the omnibus ethics bill released by the House State Affairs committee today is a significant step toward improving state ethics laws and called on the House to approve it.

From Public Citizen


May 22, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOE FARIAS: GIVES PERSONAL PRIVILEGE SPEECH

Earlier today, Rep. Joe Farias gave a personal privilege speech on the House floor, calling for the Legislature to be more conscious of the decision to roll back the promise of Hazlewood to children of veterans.

From Representative Joe Farias


May 22, 2015

TEXAS DPS: STATEMENT BY DPS DIRECTOR MCCRAW ON MEMORIAL DAY

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding Memorial Day: “Throughout the history of our nation, courageous men and women have pledged their lives to protecting and serving this country by joining the United States Military.

From Texas DPS


May 22, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DOUG MILLER: SPECIAL PURPOSE CHAIR SUCCESSFULLY PASSES LOCAL BILL TO PROVIDE CONSISTENCY

State Representative Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) passed legislation relating to the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District this week.

From Representative Doug Miller


May 22, 2015

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TEXAS VOTES: SENATOR JANE NELSON AVOIDS STAGE 3 BREAST CANCER PATIENT DELIVERING 15,000 PETITIONS

Today Alana Macias, a Stage 3 Breast Cancer patient, attempted to deliver 15,000 petition signatures to Senator Jane Nelson’s office, in response to her attack on access to cancer screenings for low income women.

From Planned Parenthood Texas Votes


May 22, 2015

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: HEGAR ANNOUNCES FRANCHISE TAX COLLECTIONS FOR FISCAL 2015 IN LINE WITH EARLIER PROJECTIONS

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state franchise tax revenue collections as of the annual May 15 deadline totaled $4.12 billion.

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


May 22, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: TERMINALLY ILL TEXANS GIVEN A BETTER CHANCE TO FIGHT AND WIN

Senator Paul Bettencourt, author along with twenty of his fellow Senators, unanimously passed HB 21, the “Right to Try” legislation, unanimously 31-0. The bill has solid bi-partisan support. Senator Bettencourt said, "I am honored to have the support of every Texas Senator to let patients and doctors fight terminally ill diagnoses."

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


May 22, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES EXONERATION REVIEW COMMISSION BILL

Today, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs approved HB 48 on a 6 to 0 vote. The bill, which creates a exoneration review commission to study wrongful convictions, now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS SB 344 INTO LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 344 (Huffman, R-Houston; Dale, R-Cedar Park) to take effect September 1, 2015. SB 344 makes online solicitation of a minor a punishable offense. Governor Abbott issued the following statement upon signing the bill:

From Office of the Governor


May 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK MAKES A STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE ACCORD WITH HOUSE

For more than a month, I believed the Senate and the House would come together to resolve differences on tax relief, tax reform, border security, Second Amendment issues, transportation funding, education reform and other legislative issues.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


May 22, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: PASSES HB 218 TO IMPROVE BILINGUAL EDUCATION ACROSS THE STATE

Today House Bill 218 authored by State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) passed in the Senate. Senator Rodriguez (D-El Paso) sponsored the bill in the Senate. The House Chamber passed House Bill 218 on May 1st.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


May 22, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILL TO SUPPORT DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PASSES LEGISLATURE

SB 159/HB 218, which help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 22, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ON HOUSE AND SENATE TAX RELIEF PLAN

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) made the following statement after the House and Senate announced their agreed upon tax relief plan for the 84th Legislative Session:

From Senator Brandon Creighton


May 22, 2015

TEXAS WATER INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK: HB 2634 CONTRACTING REFORM LEGISLATION CLOSES LOOPHOLE ENSURING CONTRACTS ARE NOT RIGGED FOR RELATED ENTITIES

On May 21, 2015 the Texas Water Infrastructure Network (TxWIN) Executive Director Perry L. Fowler and concerned members of the Texas construction industry testified for HB 2634 by Representative John Kuempel (R-Seguin), sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) before the Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee.

From Texas Water Infrastructure Network


May 22, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: STATEMENT ON REMOVAL OF BUDGET PROVISION BANNING STATE FUNDS FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECTS

Tonight, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding the removal of Rider 48 from House Bill 1: "Late this evening, in a 6-4 vote, I came up short in my attempt to ban the use of state taxpayer dollars to support the construction of a high-speed railway in Texas.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


May 22, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: GOVERNOR ABBOTT, LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK, SPEAKER STRAUS ANNOUNCE TAX RELIEF FOR TEXANS

Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners.

From Office of the Governor


May 22, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: TAX CUTS PUT OUR FUTURE AT RISK

The Texas Senate and House are approaching formal agreement on a tax plan that includes a $10,000 increase in the school property tax homestead exemption and a 25 percent franchise tax rate reduction for businesses.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


May 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK MAKES A STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 531

"Today, the Texas Senate passed Senator Donna Campbell's Senate Bill 531, (SB 531), also known as the "Sharia law" bill, to third reading.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


May 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF PASTOR PROTECTION BILL

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement applauding the passage of the Senate Bill 2065 by Sen. Craig Estes on second reading.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 21, 2015

TEXAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF HB 942, IMPROVING INSPECTION AND STANDARDS FOR AMMONIUM NITRATE FACILITIES

Robin Schneider, Executive Director for Texas Campaign for the Environment made the following statement regarding the Texas Senate’s passage of HB 942, legislation which improves standards for ammonium nitrate facilities like the one which exploded in West in 2013:

From Texas Campaign for the Environment


May 21, 2015

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY AND MOMS DEMAND ACTION STICK WITH WINNING STRATEGY -- LYING

As the Texas Senate considers attaching campus carry language to House Bill 910, the gun-control organization Everytown for Gun Safety, along with its subsidiary Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, continues to warn Texans about the dangers of forcing guns into college parties, football stadiums, and fraternity houses—three locations not affected by the proposed campus carry amendment.

From Students for Concealed Carry


May 21, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM: STEVE MOSTYN & STORM-CHASING TRIAL LAWYERS WILL MAKE MILLIONS IN LEGAL FEES IF HAILSTORM LAWSUIT REFORM BILL (SB 1628) FAILS

) Texans for Lawsuit Reform reminded Texans today that virtually all the opposition behind the hailstorm lawsuit reform bill (SB 1628 by Senator Larry Taylor and Representative John Smithee) is being orchestrated by Steve Mostyn, a storm-chasing trial lawyer who will continue to make millions of dollars in fees if he can defeat the bill.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform


May 21, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM REFORM PASSES TEXAS SENATE

Today, the Texas Senate passed SB 93, legislation to reform and improve the broken Driver Responsibility Program (DRP).

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 21, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: PASSES BILLS SUPPORTING VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT

State Senator José Rodríguez's S.B. 660 and S.B. 389, which will help promote veteran entrepreneurship throughout Texas and help veterans match their military experience with state job postings, respectively, have passed the Texas Legislature.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS SENATE BILL 925

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 925 (Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Aycock, R- Killeen), which establishes literacy achievement academies to provide high-quality, face-to-face professional development to public school teachers who instruct students in kindergarten through third grade.

From Office of the Governor


May 21, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SB 18

The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously passed SB 18 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to address Texas' medical workforce needs by expanding graduate medical education.

From Senator Jane Nelson


May 21, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: TEXANS DESERVE A PRO-LIFE BUDGET

There is a battle currently raging in the Texas Legislature. Texas Right to Life has been told that we have no business messing with the Texas state budget.

From Texas Right to Life


May 21, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: WILL STATE HOUSE MEMBERS LET BIG GOVERNMENT DICTATE TO TEXANS HOW TO SPEND THEIR OWN MONEY?

Currently, Texans are in charge of their own paychecks. If they want to direct their employer to make automatic payments, they can.

From Lone Star Project


May 21, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON CALLS FOR INCREASED OVERSIGHT OF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN EXECUTIVE AMNESTY CASE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed a response to the Obama Administration’s April 30 and May 7 advisories, which confirm the unwieldiness of the President’s illegal amnesty plan.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 21, 2015

TDP: S.B. 1968 DENIES ECONOMIC FREEDOM TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 1968, a bill that takes away the ability of teachers, engineers, clerks, and other public employees to support their respective labor, employee, or professional organizations via voluntary payroll dues deductions will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee.

From Texas Democratic Party


May 21, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: HOUSE AND SENATE CONFEREES ADOPTS HB1-KEY EDUCATION ITEMS INCLUDED FOR EL PASO

Today the House and Senate Budget Conferees adopted the Article III-Education funding recommendations.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


May 21, 2015

DALLAS SAFARI CLUB: TEXAS RIGHT-TO-HUNT BILL PASSES HOUSE, HEADS TO VOTERS

A measure offering constitutional protections for hunting and fishing in Texas has cleared both chambers of the legislature and will go before voters in November.

From Dallas Safari Club


May 21, 2015

DALLAS SAFARI CLUB: TEXAS RIGHT-TO-HUNT BILL PASSES HOUSE, HEADS TO VOTERS

A measure offering constitutional protections for hunting and fishing in Texas has cleared both chambers of the legislature and will go before voters in November.

From Dallas Safari Club


May 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: FIRST LADY VISITS VAN, RECEIVES BRIEFING ON TORNADO DAMAGE AND RECOVERY

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today visited Van, the East Texas town that suffered extensive damage as a result of a May 10, 2015 tornado.

From Office of the Governor


May 20, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: PASSES FIRST RESPONDER PROTECTION BILL OUT OF HOUSE

From Representative Helen Giddings


May 20, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: PASSES SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TRAINING BILL OUT OF TEXAS HOUSE

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) successfully passed HB 2684 out of the Texas House on Friday.

From Representative Helen Giddings


May 20, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO PROTECT CONSUMER PRIVACY IN RADIOSHACK CASE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a settlement regarding RadioShack’s proposed sale of its customers’ personally identifiable information in connection with the sale of RadioShack’s trademark and intellectual property.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 20, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY: MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS TO CARE AT RISK WITH GOVERNOR ABBOTT'S FIRST VETO

While the Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (TAMFT) has respect for Governor Abbott’s views, we are disappointed and disagree with his analysis for choosing to veto HCR 84, which had overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

From Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy


May 20, 2015

TEXAS FORWARD: TAX CUT COMPROMISE WILL HARM TEXAS FOR YEARS TO COME

Details have emerged about a tax cut deal between House and Senate leaders. As reported, the deal includes a 25% cut to the franchise tax and a $10,000 increase to the homestead exemption.

From Texas Forward


May 20, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES FRANCHISE TAX RELIEF BILL

The Senate Finance Committee today approved HB 32, the companion to SB 7 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to provide $2.56 billion in franchise tax relief for Texas businesses.

From Senator Jane Nelson


May 20, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: POLITICIANS COWER IN PAYDAY-LOAN POCKETS

Predatory lenders stuffed Texas politicians in their back pockets by depositing nearly $2.5 million in their bank accounts in the last election.

From Texans for Public Justice


May 20, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES HIDALGO COUNTY HEALTHCARE DISTRICT LEGISLATION WITH TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS

Today, HB 1596 authored by State Representative Bobby Guerra and sponsored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa overwhelmingly passed the Texas Legislature and is headed to the Governor for final approval.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 20, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 100

Today, the Texas Senate approved H.B. 100 by Representative John Zerwas and sponsored by Senator Kel Seliger. Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa also co-sponsored the measure. H.B.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 20, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES SB 66 PROVIDING FOR EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS IN SCHOOLS

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa concurred with changes made in the House to SB 66, a bill that relates to the use of epinephrine auto-injectors on public school campuses.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 19, 2015

TDP: TEXAS REPUBLICANS PREVENT DREAMERS FROM SERVING IN THE MILITARY

Today, pro-immigration reform groups across the nation called for a day of action in support of DACA and DAPA -- programs under President Obama’s immigration actions that keeps families together.

From Texas Democratic Party


May 19, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES SB 888 BY HINOJOSA TO IMPROVE APPEALS PROCESS FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS

Today, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa announced the passage of SB 888 out of the Texas Legislature, sending the bill that improves fairness and efficiency for juvenile offenders to the Governor’s Desk for final approval. The bill allows juveniles to immediately appeal a certification to be tried as an adult in criminal court.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS MOORE TO STATE PRESERVATION BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Iris Moore of Fort Worth to the State Preservation Board for a term to expire on February 1, 2017. Iris Moore is a resident of Fort Worth, where she and her husband have lived for the past twenty seven years.

From Office of the Governor


May 19, 2015

H2O4TEXAS: TWDB APPOINTMENTS CONFIRMED BY TEXAS SENATE

The Texas Senate today confirmed the appointments of the Texas Water Development Board's first panel of full-time directors.

From H2O4Texas


May 19, 2015

TDP: REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT AND ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON LEAD FAMILY SEPARATION EFFORTS

Today, thousands of Texans -- including parents of U.S. citizen and permanent resident children -- would have come out of the shadows, without fear of deportation to apply for President's Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.

From Texas Democratic Party


May 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE KLICK: HOUSE PASSES TEXAS COMPASSIONATE USE ACT, HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK

his afternoon the Texas Compassionate Use Act, filed by Senator Kevin Eltife and Representative Stephanie Klick, was passed on third and final reading in the Texas House of Representatives on a 108-38 vote.

From Representative Stephanie Klick


May 19, 2015

TEXAS LATINO EDUCATION COALITION: STATEMENT ON TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE AND WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Rep. Aycock chose to withdraw his school finance plan (CSHB 1759) last week rather than engage in the hours of debate that were expected as a result of various controversial features contained in his legislation.

From Texas Latino Education Coalition


May 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL PASSES THE HOUSE

Last week, House Bill 1265 by Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) passed the Texas House of Representatives with overwhelming support, and will now be considered in the upper chamber. The bill expands and clarifies the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), prohibiting the distribution of deceptive solicitations from commercial entities that impersonate government agencies.

From Representative Gene Wu


May 19, 2015

SENATOR JANE NELSON: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SB 20

The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously passed SB 20 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to reform state contracting practices and strengthen contract oversight across state government.

From Senator Jane Nelson


May 19, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT AGAINST DECEPTIVE CANCER CHARITIES

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as part of a coalition with 49 other states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), today announced settlements with deceptive cancer charities and their operators, who scammed more than $187 million from consumers throughout the country.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 19, 2015

TEXANS CARE FOR CHILDREN: GOVERNOR SIGNS KEY BILL TO SUPPORT KIDS IN FOSTER CARE

Governor Greg Abbott has signed Senate Bill 125, legislation to improve results for foster care children by requiring a standardized assessment when each child enters foster care. The bill was authored by Senator Royce West and sponsored by Representative Elliott Naishtat.

From Texans Care for Children


May 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW MURR: THREE MAJOR PIECES OF PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION PASS THE TEXAS HOUSE

Last Thursday, three major pieces of pro-life legislation, all co-authored by Representative Andrew Murr, were passed by the Texas House of Representatives. The measures will further protect the unborn, while also advancing the civil liberties of Texans who are hospitalized at the end of their lives.

From Representative Andrew Murr


May 19, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: TEXAS LEGISLATURE OKS THREE-JUDGE DISTRICT PANEL

Senate Bill 455, authored by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and sponsored by Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy), has passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature and will be sent to the Governor for approval.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


May 19, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES SB 97 BY SENATOR HINOJOSA TO BAN THE SALE OF E-CIGARETTES TO MINORS

Today, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa concurred with changes made in the House to SB 97, a bill that relates to the sale, distribution, possession, and use of e-cigarettes.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 19, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH SHEETS: TEXAS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES ETHICS BILL BY REPRESENTATIVE KENNETH SHEETS

On Thursday, the Texas House unanimously approved House Bill 681 by Representative Kenneth Sheets. The bill seeks to strip tax-payer funded pensions from elected officials convicted of felonies related to their public service, including bribery, perjury, and theft of public funds.

From Representative Kenneth Sheets


May 19, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: NEWS REPORT DETAILS ADDITIONAL SECURITIES LAW VIOLATIONS

On Sunday, the Dallas Morning News added fuel to the ongoing scandal involving State Attorney General Ken Paxton’s violation of state security laws.

From Lone Star Project


May 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JONATHAN STICKLAND: DPS INFORMS STICKLAND THAT COMMITTEE ALLEGATIONS HAVE NO MERIT

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford) announced today that DPS informed his legal counsel late last week that DPS has completed their investigation of allegations against Stickland and his office related to witness registrations at an April 30, 2015 Transportation Committee meeting.

From Representative Jonathan Stickland


May 18, 2015

TEXAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: RESPONDS TO GOV. ABBOTT SIGNING HB 40 INTO LAW

Robin Schneider, Executive Director of Texas Campaign for the Environment, made the following statement regarding Gov. Greg Abbott's approval of HB 40, the state pre-emption of local sovereignty over oil and gas operations in Texas cities:

From Texas Campaign for the Environment


May 18, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: TEXANS ON UNEMPLOYMENT WHO GET RE-EMPLOYED QUICKLY WILL SEE REWARDS

HB 931 by Representative Murphy, the companion to Senator Bettencourt's SB 576, has passed the Senate. This essential legislation is now on its way to Governor Abbott's desk awaiting his signature.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


May 18, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNS HOUSE BILL 40 TO KEEP TEXAS SAFE AND STRONG

“Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 40, a law that will keep Texas communities safe and our economy strong. House Bill 40 represents balanced legislation that will build upon a 100-year history of cooperation between Texans, their communities and oil and natural gas operators.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


May 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS HB 40 INTO LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 40 (Darby, R-San Angelo; Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay), which preempts regulation of oil and gas activity at the city level and resides that duty with the state, and ensures that any local regulation of surface activity is commercially reasonable and does not effectively prohibit an oil and gas operation.

From Office of the Governor


May 18, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF SENATOR SCHWERTNER'S SB-425 (FREESTANDING ERS)

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) weighed in with their support for Senate Bill 425, which the Texas Senate today sent to the Governor for his signature. Senate Bill 425, sponsored by Senator Charles Schwertner, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, is designed to protect Texas consumers from the often unknown expenses associated with seeking care at freestanding emergency rooms.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


May 18, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF SB 481 TO BETTER PROTECT TEXANS AGAINST SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) today issued the following statement applauding House passage of SB 481, introduced by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, which would address the practice of balance billing, a growing occurrence for Texas consumers who seek care at in-network facilities but are in fact treated by out-of-network providers at those facilities and later receive separate bills for charges not covered by their insurance.

From Texas Association of Health Plans


May 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON WACO SHOOTINGS

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement on the gang-related violence that took place in Waco, TX on Sunday: “Texas will not stand for the type of lawlessness we witnessed in Waco yesterday. My office, along with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels, is committed to providing any and all resources needed to support the Waco Police Department and the local community.

From Office of the Governor


May 18, 2015

AARP: PROPERTY INSURANCE BILL EXCESSIVE, HARMFUL TO CONSUMERS

Consumers are being squeezed out in the battle between the insurance industry and trial lawyers over the payment of claims dealing with hail-damaged roofs and other storm-related losses, and AARP Texas officials said today the organization will alert its members about the potentially costly consequences at stake.

From AARP


May 18, 2015

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS: GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO SIGN "DENTON FRACKING BILL"

Governor Abbott is expected to sign HB 40 today, legislation which restricts local governments from adopting many health and safety protections to limit the worst impacts of oil and gas operations.

From Environment Texas


May 18, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: ISSUES NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD ON CONTRACTED SERVICES FOR STUDENT ASSESSMENT

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today issued a formal Notice of Intent to Award on its Request for Proposal (RFP) for contracted services for student assessment.

From Texas Education Agency


May 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES FIVE TO LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Martha Leigh Whitten, George W. Russell, Joseph M. “Joe” Crane and Charles Barton “Bart” Johnson to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors, and reappointed current board member Lori A. Berger for terms to expire February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


May 18, 2015

TEXAS WINDSTORM INSURANCE ASSOCIATION: HELPS THE TEXAS GULF COAST PREPARE FOR THE 2015 HURRICANE SEASON

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) announced today the Association has provided policyholders in Texas coastal communities with several new tools to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season which begins on June 1. TWIA employees are committed to promoting hurricane safety and education in an effort to save lives and property.

From Texas Windstorm Insurance Association


May 18, 2015

TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: REPUBLICAN MEMBERS IN THE TEXAS HOUSE CONTINUE TO CHAMPION FAVORABLE PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION

This week, Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives passed three crucial pieces of pro-life legislation before the deadline to hear bills on Second Reading on the House floor. House Bill 3994, House Bill 3374, and House Bill 3074 all passed with strong support from Republican House Members.

From Texas House Republican Caucus


May 18, 2015

THOMAS RATLIFF, SBOE MEMBER: THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE TEST AND THE CURRICULUM

Almost all stakeholders on all sides of the public education curriculum debate agree on one thing. Our standards are a mile long and an inch deep. Unfortunately, that might not adequately cover the reality and absurdity of the situation.

From Thomas Ratliff, SBOE Member


May 18, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT DELIVERS 2015 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott delivered the commencement address at the University of North Texas 2015 commencement ceremony, held in Denton, Texas on Saturday evening. Speaking to the UNT Class of 2015, along with parents, family members, faculty and university administrators, Governor Abbott discussed the challenges he faced as a recent law school graduate, and encouraged the class of 2015 to conquer their own challenges:

From Office of the Governor


May 18, 2015

TEXAS NURSE PRACTITIONERS: FEDERAL COURT SHOULD ACT TO PRESERVE AFFORDABLE PRIMARY CARE IN TEXAS

Nurse practitioners provide primary care services to Texas families in communities throughout our state, but recent action by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) jeopardizes patient access to quality affordable care and calls into question whether nurse practitioners can continue to utilize telehealth.

From Texas Nurse Practitioners


May 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: TX HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT REFORMS THE GRAND JURY SYSTEM

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 2150 by State Rep. Carol Alvarado (Houston) that will reform the Grand Jury system in Texas. "I think Texans need to feel that their justice system is equally just for everybody and not selectively just for a few" said Rep. Alvarado.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


May 18, 2015

RPT: CHAIRMAN MECHLER STATEMENT ON REFERRAL OF SB 1968

“SB 1968 is a strong measure that properly defines the role of government in the State of Texas. I appreciate the leadership Chairwoman Huffman and Lt. Gov. Patrick demonstrated in navigating this issue through the Senate as well as Speaker Straus’ leadership and timely action in the House by referring the bill to the Committee on State Affairs Friday afternoon.”

From Republican Party of Texas


May 18, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: COMMENTS ON BLUE BELL CREAMERIES

"My heart goes out to everyone touched by today's layoffs and furloughs at Blue Bell Creameries. The people that brought us Blue Bell are as tough as Texas. They're known not only for making the nation's most popular ice cream, but also for their hard work and dedication.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


May 18, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DEWAYNE BURNS: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES PRO-LIFE MEASURES

Representative DeWayne Burns is pleased to announce three substantial pro-life bills passed by the Texas House this week. First, the House approved HB 3994, a bill co-authored by Representative Burns.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


May 15, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: DRIVER RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM REFORM MOVES OUT OF SENATE COMMITTEE

Yesterday, the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation passed SB 93 by an 8 to 0 vote, legislation to reform and improve the broken Driver Responsibility Program (DRP). Specifically, the committee substitute will prevent drivers licenses from being suspended as a result of failure to pay a DRP surcharge.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 15, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SOLAR HOMEOWNER BILL PASSED BY SENATOR RODRIGUEZ

Senate Bill 1626, which is intended to grant homeowners who wish to install solar technology on their homes the freedom to do so, has passed the Texas Legislature. Neighborhoods that are still not fully built out are considered to be in the "development phase," and are typically under management of the homebuilder or developer.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS "KARI'S LAW" (SB 788)

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 788 (Eltife, R-Tyler; Paddie, R-Marshall), also known as "Kari's Law", to require direct dialing of 9-1-1 from multi-line telephone systems across the state. Governor Abbott was joined by members of Kari's family at a signing ceremony hosted in the Governor's Public Reception Room.

From Office of the Governor


May 15, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES: THE MYTHS OF REVENUE CAPS AND APPRAISAL CAPS

Revenue caps and appraisal caps are again being touted by some legislators as a solution to increases in property tax appraisals and revenues. These misguided restrictions have been tried in California, Florida and Colorado with disastrous results. Let’s look at the real driver of property taxes in Texas.

From Texas Association of Counties


May 15, 2015

AARP: PAYDAY LENDING REFORM TO GET ITS FIRST FULL HOUSE AIRING ON MONDAY

On Monday (May 18) Texas House members will have their first opportunity this session to go on the record to cast votes on meaningful payday lending reform. The House will consider SB 1282 by Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), a clean-up bill involving the regulatory authority of the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner (OCCC).

From AARP


May 15, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CELIA ISRAEL: PROUD THAT TEXAS HOUSE KILLS ANTI-MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL

Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50 - Austin) issued the following statement on HB 4105 being killed procedurally on the House floor Thursday night. "I am relieved that the Texas House was not forced to entertain a mean-spirited, divisive bill that could keep us from doing the work our constituents sent us here to do: make the lives better for the people of Texas.

From Representative Celia Israel


May 15, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: GROUPS HAIL TX HOUSE FAILURE TO PASS MARRIAGE DISCRIMINATION BILL

Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups tonight are hailing the failure by the Texas House of Representatives to pass HB 4105, which would bar the state from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state bans on such marriages as unconstitutional.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 15, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT AND FIRST LADY HOST DINNER WITH NOBEL LAUREATES

Governor Greg Abbott and First Lady Cecilia Abbott this evening hosted a dinner at the Governor's Mansion with Nobel Laureates from Texas universities. Of the ten Nobel Laureates in Texas, eight attended the dinner with Governor Abbott and the First Lady.

From Office of the Governor


May 15, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 1060 BY HINOJOSA UNANIMOUSLY PASSES THE SENATE TO REGULATE PUBLIC INSURANCE ADJUSTERS

Today, SB 1060 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa passed unanimously out of the Texas Senate. Over the last few years, various catastrophic weather-related events have resulted in tens of thousands of claims field against property and casualty insurers statewide, resulting in mass litigation.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 15, 2015

TEXAS AFL-CIO: 'SHORT-SIGHTED' VOTE REJECTS MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller issued this statement on today's Texas House vote to reject HJR 26, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have raised the Texas minimum wage to $10.10 an hour:

From Texas AFL-CIO


May 15, 2015

THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY: STATEMENT ON HB 4105

The Dow Chemical Company strives to promote fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces and to retain and recruit the best talent. We believe that everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work.

From The Dow Chemical Company


May 14, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: HOUSE BILL 3074, A FIRST STEP IN LONG ROAD TO REFORM, PASSES THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3074 authored by Representative Drew Springer (R-Gainesville) to limit the withdrawal of food and water, called “artificially administered food and water” (“AANH”) from hospitalized patients.

From Texas Right to Life


May 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: DALLAS COUNCILMEMBERS RECOGNIZED BY THE TEXAS HOUSE

This morning Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas-D) recognized the outstanding service of the six retiring members of the Dallas City Council.

From Representative Helen Giddings


May 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES HOUSE BILL 207 TO CRACK DOWN ON SEXUAL OFFENDERS

This week, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 207, authored by Representative Jeff Leach, which is crafted to crack down on the offense of voyeurism by providing stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

From Representative Jeff Leach


May 14, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: TAX PAYERS WILL TRULY BE IN THE KNOW ABOUT LOCAL DEBT

SB 1041, Senator Bettencourt's bill resulting in further local government transparency, passed on the Senate floor 26-5. The bill requires that additional language is added to the ballot for bond propositions as a means to further educate voters about the cost of the proposed debt, as well as the debt burden of the local government recommending the debt.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


May 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN LEWIS KING: OPPOSES BILL TO CLOSE STATE SUPPORTED LIVING CENTERS

Today, Representative Susan Lewis King opposed committee passage of SB 204, the Sunset bill for the Department of -Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Other dissenting votes on the House Human Services Committee were Rep. Gilbert Pena (R-Pasadena) and Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin).

From Representative Susan Lewis King


May 14, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES KUBOTA TRACTOR HEADQUARTERS RELOCATION TO TEXAS

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Kubota Tractor and Credit Corporations will relocate their corporate headquarters from Torrance, California to Grapevine, Texas. Kubota’s headquarters relocation is projected to create at least 344 new jobs and $51 million in capital investment in the State of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


May 14, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: TEXAS STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES PROTECTIONS FOR PREGNANT MINORS

Thursday morning, with the deadline to pass House bills looming, the Texas House of Representatives approved House Bill 3994 on a 93-46 vote. The bill reforms the process by which minors seek permission from a judge to undergo secret abortions without any parental involvement.

From Texas Right to Life


May 14, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FINANCE LEGISLATION

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Thursday after Public Education Committee Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock pulled down House Bill 1759, which proposed major reforms to the state’s school finance system: "I want to thank Chairman Aycock for his extensive efforts to improve our system of paying for public education.

From Speaker Joe Straus


May 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: CITY OF EL PASO HOTEL LEGISLATION MOVING FORWARD

House Bill 1742 by State Rep. Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) is scheduled for floor action today, May 14th, 2015. House Bill 1742 has until midnight to be heard.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


May 14, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: STATEMENT ON HB 1798

State Representative Paul Workman released the following statement on his vote against HB 1798: "After a lengthy debate on the House floor regarding HB 1798, I ultimately cast my vote against the measure because I was not comfortable with some of the provisions of the bill.

From Representative Paul Workman


May 13, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: TMA FOUNDATION ELECTS OFFICERS

The Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) announces its new officers, who will lead the foundation’s board for the next two years. They were elected during TMA’s annual conference, TexMed, earlier this month. TMAF is the philanthropic arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the nation’s largest state medical society.

From Texas Medical Association


May 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CESAR BLANCO: TEXAS HOUSE APPROVES LEGISLATION BY REP. BLANCO TO SUPPORT TEXAS VETERANS

The Texas House approved legislation by Rep. Cesar J. Blanco (HD-76) to help Texas Veterans and their families. Rep. Blanco's legislation would help Veterans join the workforce, assist Veterans who want to start their own business, generate revenue for the Fund for Veterans Assistance, and help families who want to honor the sacrifice of their loved ones.

From Representative Cesar Blanco


May 13, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: SCHOOL FINANCE PROPOSAL PENDING IN TEXAS HOUSE WOULD MAKE MATTERS WORSE

Last week superintendents from schools around the state called on the Legislature to increase their investments in Texas public schools. A leading House proposal to modify the school finance formulas and potentially boost funding, HB 1759, is on the House legislative calendar for consideration.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


May 13, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: BILL TO STRENGTHEN TEXAS' DNA TESTING LAW PASSES LEGISLATURE

Today, the Texas legislature passed SB 487, legislation to improve access to DNA testing for wrongfully convicted Texans. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott's desk for his consideration.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 13, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES $158 MILLION MOBILE CRAMMING SETTLEMENTS WITH SPRINT AND VERIZON

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division—along with the Attorneys General of the other 49 States and the District of Columbia, and the federal government—reached settlements with Sprint Corporation (“Sprint”) and Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (“Verizon”) that resolve charges of “mobile cramming” against the companies.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 13, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S JADE HELM INSULT A BROKEN PROMISE TO TEXAS MILITARY FAMILIES

Greg Abbott’s first promise broken from the 2014 election campaign is the one he made to men and women serving in the U.S. military. Abbott’s letter calling into question the integrity and loyalty of U.S. servicemen and women is a 180 degree pivot from his comments early last year when running for election.

From Lone Star Project


May 13, 2015

INDEPENDENT BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS: APPLAUDS COMMON SENSE REGULATORY RELIEF MEASURES

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) commends Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby on draft legislation released today that would reduce the negative impact of excessive regulatory requirements on community banks, their customers and the communities they serve.

From Independent Bankers Association of Texas


May 13, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TEXAS HOUSE TO CONSIDER ANOTHER DISCRIMINATION MEASURE

Yet another piece of legislation designed to allow discrimination against gay and transgender Texans could come to a vote on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives as early as Wednesday. State Rep. Sanford’s HB 3864, which would allow child welfare service providers to use religion to discriminate, has been filed as a proposed amendment to the sunset bill for the Department of Family and Protective Services.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 13, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: REGENTS HAVE RIGHT TO UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued an opinion regarding the right of university regents to access records in the possession of the university that a regent believes are necessary to review in order to fulfill his/her duties as a regent. Consistent with the opinions of three recent attorneys general, Paxton concluded that a university cannot prohibit individual regents from access to and copies of university records unless a state or federal law requires otherwise.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 13, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WILL BAN THE SALE OF E-CIGARETTES TO MINORS

The Texas House of Representatives passed S.B. 97 by Senator Hinojosa, the companion to H.B. 170 by State Rep. Carol Alvarado (Houston), that prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to minors.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


May 12, 2015

TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: HISTORIC TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION SCHEDULED FOR SENATE HEARING

This Wednesday, the Senate Transportation Committee will take up House Bill 20, filed by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), and voted out of the House on May 1, 2015 with almost unanimous support. HB 20 seeks to provide a framework to ensure that funds for transportation are administered in an objective and transparent manner with accountability for every dollar spent.

From Texas House Republican Caucus


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS SB 835 INTO LAW

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 835 (V. Taylor, R-Plano) into law to take effect September 1, 2015. SB 835 increases the penalty for the offense of presenting a fraudulent or fictitious military record. Governor Abbott issued the following statement:

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

TEXAS FORWARD: SENATE PASSES HB 903 TO ENSURE RAINY DAY FUND MEETS THE STATE'S FUTURE NEEDS

Today the Senate passed HB 903 by Rep. Capriglione, which would increase the investment earnings of the Rainy Day Fund and allow the state’s money to grow faster over time. Will Francis, co-chair of the Texas Forward coalition steering committee and Government Relations Director for the National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter, released the following statement:

From Texas Forward


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON WARNS TEXANS OF PRICE GOUGING IN WAKE OF DISASTER

Following severe weather, tornado and flooding that began on May 4, 2015 impacting North Texas communities, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans that state law prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: PASSES LEGISLATION TO HELP VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

Today, State Representative Tony Dale passed House Bill 1446 out of the House of Representatives.

From Representative Tony Dale


May 12, 2015

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: TEXAS SENATE PASSES PASTOR PROTECTION BILL

Today, a bipartisan vote of the Texas Senate gave final passage for the Pastor Protection bill, SB 2065 by Sen. Craig Estes. SB 2065 makes it clear that state law protects the rights of pastors and churches from being forced to perform or host marriage ceremonies that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

From Texas Values Action


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT RECEIVES BRIEFING ON STATE OF DISASTER

Following yesterday’s declaration of a state of disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties, Texas Governor Greg Abbott today visited the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to receive a briefing on state resources being dispatched to areas impacted by inclement weather.

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOE FARIAS: HOUSE TO CONSIDER BILL SLASHING BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN OF VETERANS

Today, the San Antonio Express-News published an article pointing out the potential "betrayal" that veterans and their families will receive, if SB 1735 passes. Rep. Farias, D-San Antonio, releases the following statement:

From Representative Joe Farias


May 12, 2015

PUBLIC CITIZEN: REFORM GROUPS CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO BEEF UP BILLS AIMED AT "DARK MONEY," CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND DISCLOSURE

This week, Texas legislators will debate two political reform bills on the House floor and in committee. House Bill 37 addresses the upward spiral of “dark money,” big corporate donations intended to influence who wields power in state politics and government.

From Public Citizen


May 12, 2015

TEXAS CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: BILLS BENEFIT BREASTFEEDING TEACHERS

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association supports bills currently in the Texas Senate that will help teachers maintain their ability to breastfeed their babies after returning to work. TCTA especially appreciates the efforts of Sen. Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Armando Walle in helping breastfeeding mothers.

From Texas Classroom Teachers Association


May 12, 2015

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS: OFFICIALS CALL ON TEXAS TO GO BIG ON SOLAR

Thirty civic leaders from El Paso to Houston today called for the state to generate 20 percent of its electricity from solar power within a decade.

From Environment Texas


May 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN MEYER: AMENDMENT GIVES OPTION FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS TO DALLAS ISD

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Representative Morgan Meyer (Dallas) passed an amendment allowing Dallas Independent School District to choose to their election date to November. The amendment was co-signed by several fellow Dallas area Representatives, including Rafael Anchia, Kenneth Sheets, Jason Villalba, and Matt Rinaldi.

From Representative Morgan Meyer


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: TEXAS FILES MULTI-STATE AMICUS BRIEF IN FIFTH CIRCUIT DEFENDING COURT'S INJUNCTION AGAINST EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit defending the preliminary injunction against President Obama’s executive amnesty issued by the U.S. District Court in Brownsville, Texas.

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS MARGO TO CANCER PREVENTION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TEXAS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Donald R. "Dee" Margo of El Paso to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee for a term to expire on January 31, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION PROTECTING PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Last week, State Representative Jeff Leach passed House Bill 2489 in the Texas House of Representatives, protecting the rights of Texas property owners by reining in overreaching Homeowner's Associations (HOAs).

From Representative Jeff Leach


May 12, 2015

TDP: HOUSE TO VOTE ON INHUMANE HEALTH CARE BILL

Today, the Texas House is debating H.B. 2835 -- a bill by Republican Representative Susan King that creates a healthcare priority system for children based on immigration status. If enacted, this bill pushes undocumented children to the back of the line for health care coverage under the Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program.

From Texas Democratic Party


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS MADRID TO COMMISSION ON STATE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Rodolfo “Rudy” Madrid Jr. of Kingsville to the Commission on State Emergency Communication for a term to expire on September 1, 2017.

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS HANSON TO STATE CEMETERY COMMITTEE

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Benjamin M. Hanson of Austin to the State Cemetery Committee for a term to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES CHAIR AND APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today appointed and named John L. Nau, III as Chairman of the Texas Historical Commission for a term to expire on February 1, 2021. Governor Abbott additionally appointed Wallace Jefferson and Anna Benavides Galo to terms set to expire on February 1, 2019 and February 1, 2021, respectively.

From Office of the Governor


May 12, 2015

TEXAS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE: STATEMENT ON OPEN CARRY/CAMPUS CARRY BILLS

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops today reaffirmed its concern about proposed legislation that would permit the open carry of handguns in public areas, particularly proposals that would allow weapons to be carried into churches, schools, college campuses, and hospitals.

From Texas Catholic Conference


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" SENATE BILL

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick congratulated Senator Craig Estes and the Senate members for the passage of Senate Bill 2065 (SB 2065). SB 2065 by Sen. Estes protects houses of worship, religious organizations and their employees, clergy or ministers from being required to participate in a marriage or celebration of a marriage if it would violate a sincerely held religious belief. It also protects such clergy and organizations from civil or criminal cause of action.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


May 12, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT DECLARES STATE OF DISASTER IN TEXAS COUNTIES

As severe weather including tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding continue across areas of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties, authorizing further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities.

From Office of the Governor


May 11, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FUNDING TO BE REVIEWED UNDER S.B. 161, WHICH PASSED THE FULL SENATE TODAY

State Sen. José Rodríguez today passed S.B. 161, which requires the Texas Education Agency to research funding for English Language Learner (ELL) students, or those whose primary language is not English. Currently, Texas provides a 10 percent add-on funding for ELL students in bilingual and ESL programs.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 11, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SPEAKS AGAINST RELIGIOUS BIAS BILL ON THE SENATE FLOOR

S.B. 2065, which its proponents claim is meant to provide protection to clergy who refuse to perform same-sex marriage, passed a key step in the Texas Senate today and will likely pass tomorrow.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 11, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: EXPLAINS VOTE AGAINST SB 2065

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) voted against SB 2065 on the Senate floor and offers the following quote: "This bill is a solution in search of a problem," said Senator Ellis. "In the more than 30 states where same-sex couples can legally marry, no clergy or house of worship has ever been compelled to perform a same-sex wedding.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON ANNOUNCES ARREST OF NINE SUSPECTED CHILD PREDATORS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of nine suspected child predators following a joint sting operation between the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit and the Copperas Cove Police Department. This effort was the Office of the Attorney General’s most successful joint operation-to-date targeting child predators.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON REYNOLDS: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HB 3056

Thanks to legislation passed in 2013, voters who qualify to vote by mail by virtue of being 65 or older or having a disability can apply once and receive a ballot for every election in the year instead of having to send multiple applications.

From Representative Ron Reynolds


May 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SIGNS SB 149 INTO LAW

Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 149 (Seliger, R-Amarillo) into law to become effective immediately. Governor Abbott issued the following statement: “The goal of the Texas public education system should be to ensure all students who graduate from high school are college or career-ready.

From Office of the Governor


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GENE WU: BILLS MODERNIZING THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM HEAD TO THE SENATE

Representative Gene Wu (D-Houston) last week passed HB 326 and HB 331—two bills that respectively aim to modernize the search warrant process and the filing of Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) documents—in the House. They have now progressed to the Senate.

From Representative Gene Wu


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MATT KRAUSE: TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES H.B. 3387 BY KRAUSE

Today the Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 3387, which gives the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles the statutory authority to prescribe sex offender treatment as a condition of an offender’s parole.

From Representative Matt Krause


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: ETHICS REFORM

Early on in this Session, Governor Greg Abbott declared one of his top priorities would be to strengthen state government ethics. In fact, he declared ethics reform as one of his five emergency items.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


May 11, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: TO REQUIRE TESTING OF DISPOSAL WELLS IN JOHNSON COUNTY

The Railroad Commission of Texas today notified four disposal well operators near Thursday’s estimated 4.0 magnitude earthquake in North Texas they would be required to conduct well and reservoir testing. Five wells are within 100 square miles of the estimated epicenter.

From Texas Railroad Commission


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DOUG MILLER: PASSES GROUNDWATER LEGISLATION

State Representative Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels) passed HB 2407 in the Texas House of Representatives today to create the Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. The measure passed on the Local and Consent Calendar on a 142-0 vote.

From Representative Doug Miller


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: PASSES SB 797 IN THE TEXAS HOUSE

Today, State Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen) passed in the Texas House Senate Bill (S.B.) 797, the companion to House Bill (H.B.) 979, creating a grant program to reduce wait times for agricultural inspections at the ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: ADDRESSES DISTRICT INTERESTS IN THE LEGISLATIVE

This week, House Bill 988 and House Bill 2879, both authored by State Rep. Mary E. González, were voted out of the Texas House of Representatives. Additionally, Senate Bill 193, the companion to the Representative's House Bill 67, was voted out of the Texas Senate and has now been sent to the Governor.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


May 11, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM: STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF HB 1492

Texans for Lawsuit Reform President Richard J. Trabulsi, Jr., issued the following statement today following the passage of HB 1492 in the Texas House: “We congratulate Chairman Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, on the passage of HB 1492.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform


May 11, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON DOJ ADMITTING THOUSANDS MORE GRANTED EXPANDED WORK PERMITS

After the Obama Administration admitted that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants were already issued expanded work permits under the president’s lawless amnesty plan in direct contradiction to what they told the federal court, the federal government yesterday advised the judge that two thousand more individuals were prematurely granted expanded work permits.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 11, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: PASSES IMPROPER PHOTOGRAPHY BILL OUT OF THE SENATE

State Senator José Menéndez successfully passed Senate Bill 1317 out of the Senate on May 7, 2015. Senate Bill 1317 seeks to criminalize the act of taking an invasive and improper photographs of an individual without consent.

From Senator Jose Menendez


May 11, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DEWAYNE BURNS: SEEKS ANSWERS IN JOHNSON COUNTY EARTHQUAKE

At 5:58pm on Thursday, May 7, the residents of Johnson County were rattled by an unfamiliar feeling. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded on Mountain Creek, between the communities of Venus and Lillian.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


May 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNLAWFULLY IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice admitted to violating a federal court order by granting approximately 2,000 extended work permits to undocumented immigrants under President Obama’s expanded executive amnesty:

From Office of the Governor


May 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ANNOUNCES ACTIVATION OF STATE OPERATIONS CENTER AS SEVERE STORMS IMPACT TEXAS

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) as severe storms are expected to impact parts of Texas through early next week.

From Office of the Governor


May 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON TEXAS RANKING #1 BEST STATE TO DO BUSINESS

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement regarding Texas being ranked the #1 best state to do business in by Chief Executive's 2015 Best & Worst States to Do Business survey of top CEOs. 2015 is the 11th year in a row Texas has topped the list.

From Office of the Governor


May 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT FILES AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING STATE OF FLORIDA'S LAWSUIT AGAINST EXPANSION OF OBAMACARE

Governor Greg Abbott today filed an amicus brief in support of Governor Rick Scott and the State of Florida’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s unlawful attempt to coerce the State of Florida into a massive expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

From Office of the Governor


May 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN WRAY: CHRIS KYLE RECEIVES NOMINATION FOR THE TEXAS LEGISLATIVE MEDAL OF HONOR

Last Thursday, the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor Committee met to hear testimony on behalf of several deserving candidates nominated for Texas' highest military honor and ultimately selected Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle for the award.

From Representative John Wray


May 8, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: ON PASSAGE OF PRE-KINDERGARTEN LEGISLATION

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) made the following statement after the Senate passage of Governor Abbott's pre-kindergarten legislation, House Bill 4:

From Senator Brandon Creighton


May 8, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MORGAN MEYER: PASSES SB 979 THROUGH HOUSE, SENT TO GOVERNOR

On Tuesday, May 5th, Senate Bill 979 Authored by Senator Brandon Creighton and Sponsored by Representative Morgan Meyer (Dallas) was sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

From Representative Morgan Meyer


May 8, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF HB 4

Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement regarding the Texas Senate’s passage of House Bill 4, an initiative declared an emergency item by the governor that will implement high-quality education standards for Texas Pre-K students:

From Office of the Governor


May 8, 2015

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION: APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF PRE-K LEGISLATION

CPPP applauds lawmakers for passing Pre-Kindergarten legislation (HB 4), an important step toward enhancing Pre-K in Texas.

From Center for Pq


May 8, 2015

TEXAS AFL-CIO: BILL WOULD LIMIT FREEDOM OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

"Employees should not lose their freedom to send part of their paycheck as dues to the professional organizations of their choice.

From Texas AFL-CIO


May 7, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: TEXAS HOUSE TO TAKE UP INDIANA-STYLE BILL SUBVERTING POTENTIAL SUPREME COURT RULING ON MARRIAGE

Civil liberties and LGBT rights organizations today joined in warning the Texas House of Representatives against passage next week of legislation intended to subvert a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage and lock in discrimination against gay and lesbian families.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 7, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILL THAT TARGETS STATE EMPLOYEE UNIONS FOR TEACHERS, NURSES AND OTHER PROFESSIONS PASSES SENATE

SB 1968, which stops the current practice of allowing payroll deduction to pay dues for state employee unions in such professions as teachers and nurses, passed the Texas Senate today in a contested vote. State Sen. José Rodríguez made the following remarks regarding the proposal:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CELIA ISRAEL: OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES HB 1324 OUT OF TEXAS HOUSE

Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50 - Austin) passed a measure out of the Texas House that directs the Texas Department of Transportation, in coordination with the DPS, transit authorities, and local transportation departments, to implement a Busses on Shoulders pilot program in Travis, Bexar, El Paso, and Tarrant Counties.

From Representative Celia Israel


May 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CELIA ISRAEL: PASSES HB 594 IN TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50 - Austin) passed a measure out of the House Transportation Committee to give trucks a discount on the SH 130 toll way and ease traffic by incentivizing truckers to reroute away from IH 35.

From Representative Celia Israel


May 7, 2015

SENATOR CARLOS URESTI: JOINS TEACHERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL IN OPPOSING SB 1968

Today Texas Senate Republicans rammed through anti-union legislation designed to curtail an employee’s freedom to contribute to their union from their paycheck. The bill specifically targets thousands of hardworking Texans including teacher’s and government employee’s unions.

From Senator Carlos Uresti


May 7, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN CHRISTI CRADDICK TALKS NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY INTEGRATION WITH THE TEXAS ENERGY COUNCIL

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick spoke today on a panel at the 27th Annual Texas Energy Council Symposium in Dallas. Chairman Craddick and panel members addressed questions about recent energy reforms in Mexico and how to integrate Canada and Mexico into a U.S.-led North American energy renaissance.

From Texas Railroad Commission


May 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON: HOUSE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE OFFICER RELATED SHOOTINGS BE REPORTED TO TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

State Representative Eric Johnson's House Bill 1036 passed out of the House today with 141 "yes" votes and just a single "nay" vote which was subsequently changed to a "yes" vote. House Bill 1036 requires law enforcement agencies to submit a report with basic statistical information of shootings by peace officers and shootings of peace officers by civilians to the Office of the Texas Attorney General (OAG) within thirty days of the incident.

From Representative Eric Johnson


May 7, 2015

TEXAS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ADVOCATES: FORMER TCAA CO-CHAIR ROY HAILEY MEMORIALIZED BY THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE AS AN EXTRAORDINARY NATIONAL LEADER AND ADVOCATE

The Texas Legislature today posthumously honored the memory and legacy of nationally recognized community association attorney Roy Hailey of Houston. Roy Hailey was an extraordinary individual, attorney, and advocate.

From Texas Community Association Advocates


May 7, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: #THROWBACKTHURSDAY: ORIGIN OF TX RED LIGHT CAMERAS

Drivers hate them, and not too long ago the Legislature wouldn't authorize them. But now, Red Light cameras lay in ambush for drivers in over 35 Texas cities.

From Lone Star Project


May 7, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PASSES BOTH CHAMBERS, HEADS TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

The Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence Act (Senate Bill 112), authored by Senator Van Taylor, has now passed out of both chambers of the Texas Legislature and heads to the Governor's desk for signature. Representative Senfronia Thompson carried Taylor's bill in the Texas House of Representatives.

From Senator Van Taylor


May 7, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER BUSH ENCOURAGES TEXAS VETERANS TO BE HEARD - "WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU?"

Commissioner George P. Bush, Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, is encouraging active duty military, veterans, their family members and those who honor our freedoms to participate in a special project of the Voices of Veterans program. The VLB is asking, "What Does Freedom Mean to You?" All Texans are encouraged to submit a brief video about what freedom means by June 15th.

From Texas General Land Office


May 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: AND SENATOR JOHN WHITMIRE CELEBRATE INAUGURAL PRISON SEMINARY GRADUATION

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Senate Criminal Justice Chair John Whitmire announced the first ever 2015 Darrington Prison Seminary Graduates from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. "The prison seminary is the first in history, in Texas," said Patrick. "Working with Sen. Whitmire, we established this program to begin changing the lives of inmates and the culture of our prisons."

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


May 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT MEETS WITH SENATORS MCCONNELL, CORNYN AND CRUZ TO DISCUSS TEXAS RESPONSE TO EPA OVERREACH

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz in Washington, D.C. to discuss the federal Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed "Clean Power Plan," as well as other forthcoming EPA rules, and their grave consequences for the State of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


May 7, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH UNDERWRITERS: DOES NEW TELEMEDICINE RULE CONFLICT WITH EXISTING LAW?

The Texas Medical Board may be saying its new rule that restricts doctors’ use of “telehealth” or telemedicine is necessary for patient safety and the quality of care, but all it’s really done – aside from costing consumers more expense and time – is create a legal mess.

From Texas Association of Health Underwriters


May 7, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ADDRESSES NATIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYER BREAKFAST

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today addressed over 1,000 attendees at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. In his remarks, Governor Abbott discussed the power of prayer and the need to preserve religious liberty. The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast was established in 2004 by Pope John Paul II and is held annually.

From Office of the Governor


May 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE GARNET COLEMAN: PRESSES TO END LGBT DISCRIMINATION

Today Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-147) laid out legislation in the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence to end discrimination against LGBT Texans.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


May 7, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: TEXAS SENATE FIRST TO PASS PRO-LIFE BILL IN 84TH LEGISLATURE

Today, Wednesday, May 6th, the State Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 575 by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) that reforms insurance coverage of abortion.

From Texas Right to Life


May 7, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: APPROVED: SECOND MARIJUANA POLICY REFORM BILL ADVANCES FROM TEXAS LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

For the second time in two days, another marijuana policy reform bill has advanced from a Texas Legislative committee – this time legislation allowing for limited medical marijuana passed key House and Senate chambers earlier this week.

From Progress Texas


May 7, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATE BILLS TO DUPLICATE EXPENSIVE FEDERAL BORDER FUNCTIONS AND FURTHER THE HALF-TRUTHS ABOUT IMMIGRANTS

SB 1252, which seeks to dedicate further state funding through an interstate compact on border security that would duplicate expensive U.S. border immigration enforcement efforts, and SB 62, which seeks to further half-truths about unauthorized migrants, passed the Texas Senate today in a contested vote.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 7, 2015

PROGRESS TEXAS: TEXAS REPUBLICANS SCHEDULE LAST-MINUTE HEARING TO CONSIDER HEALTHCARE PLAN FOR UNINSURED

Earlier this year, Texas Republicans talked about the need for flexibility in addressing the problem of rising costs associated with covering the state’s uninsured population. But in the months that have followed, they’ve done nothing.

From Progress Texas


May 7, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: NEW POLL SHOWS LONG LIST OF PROPOSED TEXAS BILLS PROMOTING ANTI-LGBT DISCRIMINATION CONTRADICTS WHAT VOTERS WANT

A new poll shows that the more than 20 bills filed in the Legislature that promote discrimination against gay and transgender people don’t reflect the values of a large majority of Texans, the president of the Texas Freedom Network said.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 7, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CESAR BLANCO: HOUSE APPROVES PROPOSAL BY REP. BLANCO TO HELP PROTECT VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE

The Texas House today approved a proposal by Rep. Blanco to help protect victims of family violence. Blanco's House Bill 2645 would assist police officers in arresting family violence, sexual assault or abuse, or stalking offenders who have removed or attempted to remove their GPS ankle monitors.

From Representative Cesar Blanco


May 7, 2015

TDP: GOP MISPLACED PRIORITIES ON DISPLAY AS LEGISLATIVE SESSION NEARS END

Republicans’ misplaced priorities were on display today in both chambers of the Texas legislature. In the House, members debated H.B. 619 – a bill by Republican Representative Greg Bonnen (Galveston) – that would have given tax breaks to yacht owners.

From Texas Democratic Party


May 6, 2015

TEXAS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION: HB 1079 MOVES TO SENATE--ADDRESSES CRITICAL LEGAL AID FUNDING SHORTFALL

HB 1079, sponsored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson, was approved by the Texas House of Representatives yesterday and moves to the Senate. SB 1906 is sponsored by Sen. Charles Perry.

From Texas Access to Justice Commission


May 6, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON PROMOTES IMPORTANCE OF INTERNET SAFETY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today spoke to students at Leadership Prep School about safe online practices, including creating secure passwords and avoiding scams.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 6, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: TIME FOR GOVERNOR ABBOTT TO APOLOGIZE

The reactions to Governor Abbott’s Jade Helm 15 letter - which played into the irrational fears of his political base while questioning the loyalty and integrity of U.S. military personnel assigned to participate in the training mission - are not mixed.

From Lone Star Project


May 6, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE PASSING OF FORMER SPEAKER OF THE U.S. HOUSE JIM WRIGHT

Today, former Speaker of the U.S. House James Claude Wright, Jr. passed away at the age of 92. Speaker Wright, a WWII veteran, began his political career at 23 as a state legislator, then mayor, and finally, U.S. Congressman proudly representing the Fort Worth area. He was re-elected to Congress 17 times.

From Texas Democratic Party


May 6, 2015

LONE STAR PROJECT: STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN AND U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT

"I knew Jim Wright was my congressman before I entered the first grade – and that was not unusual for those of us who grew up in the Fort Worth area during the 60’s and 70’s.

From Lone Star Project


May 6, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: STRIVING FOR FISCAL TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR TAXPAYERS

Senator Paul Bettencourt brought before the Finance Committee CSHB 1378, a bill that is part of Governor Abbott’s local government transparency and debt disclosure initiative.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


May 6, 2015

TEXAS WINS: POLLS SAYS MAJORITY OF TEXAS VOTERS BELIEVE LGBT DISCRIMINATION A PROBLEM

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting gay and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll released today. The statewide survey also found that a strong majority of voters believe that discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem.

From Texas Wins


May 6, 2015

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: GOVERNOR ABBOTT CONFRONTS A CONTRACTING CRISIS

The contracting reforms that Gov. Greg Abbott issued in January appear to have had such limited impact, a TPJ report finds, that they probably would not have prevented the scandal that prompted them.

From Texans for Public Justice


May 6, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS SENATE PASSES S.B. 1743 BY HINOJOSA

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 1743 by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa relating to expanding the powers and duties of the office of capital writs and renaming the office of capital writs the office of capital and forensic writs.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: BILL TO STOP CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST DEBTORS

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) brought House Bill 3058 before the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services on April 29, 2015. This bill addresses the practice of certain lenders who attempt to collect unpaid loans by filing a criminal "hot check" complaint for items issued by their customers which return unpaid by their bank.

From Representative Helen Giddings


May 6, 2015

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF SB 1735

State Senator Donna Campbell, Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, released the following statement after today's Hazlewood vote, which passed the Senate 24 to 7:

From Senator Donna Campbell


May 6, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: SABINE-NECHES NAVIGATION DISTRICT LEGISLATION PASSES TEXAS LEGISLATURE

The Sabine-Neches Navigation District legislation, authored by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and sponsored by Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont), has passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature and will now be sent to the Governor for signature.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


May 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TURNER: BANK OF "DOUBLE DIPPING" BY ELECTED OFFICIALS PASSES HOUSE 144-1

Today, State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101- Grand Prairie) passed HB 408, which would bar elected officials from collecting a salary and state pension at the same time, if their retirement payments are a result of their service as an elected official. Turner first proposed this legislation in 2013.

From Representative Chris Turner


May 6, 2015

BRENT GRAVES CAMPAIGN: GRAVES ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN DISTRICT 59

Monday, Stephenville civic and business leader Brent Graves filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission and announced his campaign for State Representative. Mr. Graves will be challenging J.D. Sheffield, a doctor from Gatesville who gained statewide attention nearly a week ago when he took to the floor and spoke in favor of keeping certain late term abortions legal.

From Brent Graves Campaign


May 6, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TONY DALE: PASSES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ONLINE PREDATORS

Today State Representative Tony Dale passed Senate Bill 344/House Bill 861 to protect children from online predators.

From Representative Tony Dale


May 6, 2015

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: SENATE PASSES WATSON PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION LEGISLATION

Cities, counties and other local governments would have another way to reduce property taxes for homeowners under Sen. Kirk Watson's legislation that the Texas Senate passed on Tuesday.

From Senator Kirk Watson


May 6, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM: APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF DEBRA IBARRA MAYFIELD 165TH DISTRICT COURT IN HOUSTON

Texans for Lawsuit Reform today applauded Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield to the 165th District Court in Harris County. TLR General Counsel Hugh Rice Kelly said:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform


May 5, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON SB 1735, WHICH RESTRICTS HIGHER EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN OF VETERANS

State Sen. José Rodríguez submitted the following statement to the Senate Journal following the vote on Senate Bill 1735, which in an attempt to cut costs, restricts higher education benefits conferred on veterans, and their children and dependents:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


May 5, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR HOME CARE & HOSPICE: HOME CARE PROVIDERS VISIT LAWMAKERS TO SECURE SUPPORT FOR VITAL FUNDING

Providers of home care services today met with lawmakers and staff in both chambers and made a case for the valuable benefits of providing cost-effective care in the home.

From Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice


May 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON TO CHALLENGE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S EPA CARBON RULE

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced Texas intends to challenge the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan Rule (“Carbon Rule”) being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and set to be finalized this summer.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 5, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE TOM CRADDICK: HOUSE BILL 80 TO BE HEARD IN SENATE COMMITTEE

Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) and Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) were notified by the Senate State Affairs Committee that House Bill 80, the Alex Brown Memorial Act, a bill relating to a statewide ban on texting while driving, will be heard in the committee meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Capitol Extension Room E1.016.

From Representative Tom Craddick


May 5, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: STATE SENATE MOVES FIRST TO PROTECT LIFE IN THE 84TH SESSION OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE

Today, Tuesday, May 5th, the State Senate overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 575 by Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) that reforms insurance coverage of abortion.

From Texas Right to Life


May 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON FILES BRIEF DEFENDING COURT ORDER HALTING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ILLEGAL AMNESTY

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a brief defending the preliminary injunction issued by a federal district court, which stopped the Obama Administration’s lawless executive amnesty. The brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 5, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS MAYFIELD AS JUDGE OF 165TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield as judge of the 165th Judicial District Court in Harris County for a term to expire at the next general election in November 2016.

From Office of the Governor


May 5, 2015

SENATOR RODNEY ELLIS: EXPLAINS VOTE AGAINST SB 2065

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) voted against SB 2065 in the Senate Committee on State Affairs and offers the following quote: "I believe in protecting religious freedom in people's private activities, but it's wrong to allow a special class of people to blatantly discriminate against other Texas citizens simply because of who they love" said Senator Ellis.

From Senator Rodney Ellis


May 4, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE CAROL ALVARADO: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WILL BRING HIGH SKILLED JOBS TO TEXAS

The Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 1155 by State Rep. Carol Alvarado (Houston) that creates the Recruit Texas program which will provide rapid response workforce development services to employers who are looking to expand or move to our state.

From Representative Carol Alvarado


May 4, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: TEXAS SENATE PASSES HOUSE BILL 40 TO KEEP TEXAS SAFE AND STRONG

“The Texas Senate passed House Bill 40 today, which is important legislation to keep Texas communities safe and our economy strong. With overwhelming bipartisan support and leadership from Chairman Troy Fraser and Chairman Drew Darby, House Bill 40 represents balanced legislation to continue the 100-year history of cooperation between Texans, their communities and oil and natural gas operators.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


May 4, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SALES TAX CUT AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Two potentially historic bills passed the Texas House last week. The first was HB 31 by Rep. Dennis Bonnen which cut the state sales tax rate from 6.25% to 5.95% and could save as much as $172 per year for a family of four.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


May 4, 2015

ENVIRONMENT TEXAS: TEXAS SENATE PASSES BILL PREEMPTING LOCAL DRILLING STANDARDS

Today the Texas Senate passed HB 40, frequently called the "Denton fracking bill" on a vote of 25-6. Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger released the following statement:

From Environment Texas


May 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT SPEAKS WITH GARLAND MAYOR, RECEIVES DPS BRIEFING ON GARLAND SHOOTING

Following the attack in Garland, Texas Sunday evening, Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke this morning to Garland Mayor Douglas Athas to offer full support.

From Office of the Governor


May 4, 2015

TEXAS VALUES ACTION: SENATE COMMITTEE HEARS FROM ARMY OF FAITHFUL IN FAVOR OF CLERGY PROTECTION BILL SB 2065

Today, the Texas Senate State Affair committee is hearing testimony on SB 2065, the Clergy Protection Bill, by Sen. Craig Estes. SB 2065 protects the religious freedom rights of clergy, pastors and churches in Texas as it relates to marriage.

From Texas Values Action


May 4, 2015

TEAL RUN CIVIC ASSOCIATION: FORT BEND RESIDENTS URGE LEGISLATORS TO STRENGTHEN GAMING ENFORCEMENT

The Teal Run Civic Association (TRCA) is urging members of the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee to extend regulatory authority of illegal game rooms into Fort Bend County.

From Teal Run Civic Association


May 4, 2015

TEXAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: ACTIVISTS HOLD FUNERAL FOR LOCAL CONTROL AT TEXAS CAPITOL WITH PASSAGE OF BAD OIL AND GAS BILL

Activists defending local control and opposing HB 40, a major power grab by state government undoing potentially hundreds of local oil and gas regulations, will hold a funeral for local control at the Texas Capitol on Monday afternoon.

From Texas Campaign for the Environment


May 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ISSUES STATEMENT ON GARLAND SHOOTING

Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on the shooting that took place in Garland, TX earlier this evening: “Texas officials are actively investigating to determine the cause and scope of the senseless attack in Garland, Texas.

From Office of the Governor


May 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT, FIRST LADY ADDRESS TEXAS NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER BREAKFAST

Governor Greg Abbott today attended the Texas National Prayer Breakfast in Austin where he delivered remarks and shared with attendees his official resolution declaring May 4th, 2015 the Texas National Day of Prayer.

From Office of the Governor


May 4, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF TEXAS: TOM LUCE RECEIVES MARY ELIZABETH HOLDSWORTH BUTT AWARD FROM MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA OF TEXAS

Mental Health America of Texas will present the Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt Award for Mental Health to Tom Luce, President and CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Monday, May 4, at the Mental Health America of Texas Honoring Dinner “An Evening of Hope.”

From Mental Health America of Texas


May 4, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: HOUSE PASSES HB 20: TXDOT TRANSPARENCY LEGISLATION

House Bill 20, filed by State Representative Ron Simmons, received overwhelming support from members of the Texas House on Friday. Among other measures, HB 20 requires the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to provide information regarding transportation funding decisions in a manner that is accessible and understandable to the public.

From Representative Ron Simmons


May 4, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 94 PASSES TEXAS LEGISLATURE TO HELP OUR TEXAS PHARMACISTS

Today, SB 94 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, has passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature and is now headed to the Governor for final approval. SB 94 prohibits a Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) from directly or indirectly charging a pharmacist or pharmacy a fee for any part of the electronic prescription claims process.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 4, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: DALLAS PHYSICIAN CHOSEN TMA PRESIDENT-ELECT

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today voted Don R. Read, MD, a Dallas surgeon, as its president-elect. He will serve as president-elect for one year before he assumes the TMA presidency.

From Texas Medical Association


May 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: DOJ WITHHOLDS DOCUMENTS ABOUT SCOPE OF ITS MISLEADING STATEMENTS

After being ordered by a federal district court to produce documents related to misleading statements made during a hearing earlier this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) responded by providing no substantive documents for review, instead producing a heavily-redacted, 200-page privilege log in which almost every responsive document was withheld from suing states, along with material that had already been made public.

From Office of the Attorney General


May 4, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON REYNOLDS: MISSED OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTION REFORM IN THE 84TH LEGISLATURE

On April 28th, the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the Texas photo voter id lawsuit. Justice Catherina Haynes posed a very good question to the attorneys on both sides.

From Representative Ron Reynolds


May 4, 2015

COMMITTEE ON GENERAL INVESTIGATING & ETHICS: STATEMENT BY REP. KUEMPEL ON THE GENERAL INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE

From Committee on General Investigating & Ethics


May 4, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PASSAGE OF PROPERTY TAX RELIEF

Today, Lt. Governor Patrick, along with Senator Paul Bettencourt, addressed the media regarding property tax reform accomplishments by the Texas Senate. The Texas Senate continues leading the charge for real property tax relief and reform by providing meaningful assistance to all property owners and Texas businesses, large and small.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


May 4, 2015

TEXAS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF SB 709

Statement from Texas Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Robin Schneider: Legislators today voted to strip Texans of their most basic rights to safeguard their families, property and community if a polluting facility comes to our neighborhood.

From Texas Campaign for the Environment


May 1, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DEWAYNE BURNS: TEXAS HOUSE PASSES NEARLY $5 BILLION IN TAX CUTS

Earlier this week, the Texas House of Representatives voted to pass two bills, both co-authored by Rep. DeWayne Burns, that will amount to nearly $5 billion in tax cuts for hard-working Texas families and business owners.

From Representative DeWayne Burns


May 1, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN CRADDICK ENCOURAGES INDUSTRY INNOVATION AT POWER ACROSS TEXAS' 2015

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick delivered opening remarks today at the kick-off of Power Across Texas’ 2015 Energy Innovation Challenge in Austin.

From Texas Railroad Commission


May 1, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER DAVID PORTER DISCUSSES REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS TO PRESSING ENERGY ISSUES AT 2015 TEXAS ENERGY INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Railroad Commissioner David Porter today discussed real-world solutions to pressing energy issues at the 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (TEIC) sponsored by Power Across Texas.

From Texas Railroad Commission


May 1, 2015

TEXAS MUNICIPAL POLICE ASSOCIATION: FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL RIDE TO ARRIVE IN AUSTIN

Completing a two-day, 150-mile bicycle ride in honor of officers who died in the line of duty, the participants of the 2015 Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ride are expected to arrive around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 3 at the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial site at the Texas Capitol.

From Texas Municipal Police Association


May 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PASSAGE OF PROPERTY TAX RELIEF LEGISLATION

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1760 (SB 1760) by Senator Brandon Creighton. "Property tax relief has been one of the Senate's top priorities," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


May 1, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD: CASTS VOTE FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND AGAINST SJR 5

Following her vote against the House Committee Substitute to SJR 5, a Constitutional Amendment which would direct upwards of $3.6 billion per year from the state sales tax toward the State Highway Fund, State Representative Donna Howard issued the following statement:

From Representative Donna Howard


May 1, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS COMMENT ON CONTINUED LEGAL CHALLENGE OF HOUSTON EQUAL RIGHTS ORDINANCE

Major civil rights organizations are disappointed by the decision of some pastors and community leaders to continue their legal pursuit of the repeal of Houston’s equal rights ordinance.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 1, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: FORTIFYING TEXAS TAXPAYERS WITH A SUPER MAJORITY PROTECTION VICTORY

Today Senator Bettencourt put a critical amendment on a taxpayer protection bill (SB 1760) authored by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe). The amendment, which passed by a bi-partisan 22-9 vote, requires that 60% of every city council or commissioners court will have to approve the tax rate if they want to bring in more revenue than the year before.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


May 1, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE CARLOS CASCOS, TEXAS DELEGATION VISIT MEXICO

Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, along with a small delegation from his office, concluded a multi-day official visit to the United Mexican States on behalf of the State of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


April 30, 2015

TEXAS INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION REFORM: COMMENDS SENATE FOR PASSING CHAIRMAN TAYLOR'S SENATE BILL 1200

The Texas Institute for Education Reform today commended the Texas Senate for passing legislation that will establish the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability.

From Texas Institute for Education Reform


April 30, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: AT REQUEST OF MCCAUL, GAO RELEASES REVIEW OF PROPERTY DAMAGE ALONG US-MEXICO BORDER

Following up on a request from House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX10) and Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report following a review of federal government efforts to identify and address property damage to private lands and infrastructure that occurs along the United States-Mexico border, as a result of illegal immigration, contraband smuggling, and the subsequent law enforcement pursuits.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


April 30, 2015

TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION: APPLAUDS SENATE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF HB 40

The following can be attributed to Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, in response to passage of HB 40 by the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee.

From Texas Oil & Gas Association


April 30, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: WORKS TO DEFEND TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Today, House Bill 66, authored by State Rep. Mary E. González, was voted out of the House.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


April 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT FILES AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING CALIFORNIA CITIZENS' SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Governor Greg Abbott today filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by a coalition of California citizens and the California Rifle and Pistol Association Foundation against the County of San Diego to vindicate their Second Amendment rights.

From Office of the Governor


April 30, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TXDOT ANNOUNCES NEW CORPUS CHRISTI HARBOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT DESIGNER

Today the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a Commissioner's Meeting that included the announcement of the project designer selected for the Harbor Bridge Replacement Project in Corpus Christi.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 30, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TXDOT ANNOUNCES NEW CORPUS CHRISTI HARBOR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT DESIGNER

Today the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a Commissioner's Meeting that included the announcement of the project designer selected for the Harbor Bridge Replacement Project in Corpus Christi.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 30, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: IDENTIFIES MORE THAN 400 TITLE I REWARD SCHOOLS

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified more than 400 campuses across the state as high-performing and/or high-progress Title I schools for 2014-2015.

From Texas Education Agency


April 30, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: TEXAS SENATE OKS SECOND AMENDMENT SALES TAX HOLIDAY

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton's "Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act" passed in the Texas Senate. Filed as Senate Bill 228, this legislation establishes a tax-free weekend for the purchase of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies in the State of Texas.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 30, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: TEXAS SENATE OKS SECOND AMENDMENT SALES TAX HOLIDAY

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton's "Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Act" passed in the Texas Senate. Filed as Senate Bill 228, this legislation establishes a tax-free weekend for the purchase of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies in the State of Texas.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 30, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS: VOICES SUPPORT FOR HCR 89 URGING CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO REPEAL ONEROUS HEALTH INSURANCE TAX

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) today issued the following statement in support of HCR 89 by State Rep. Dade Phelan (TX-21), which urges the U.S. Congress to approve legislation fully repealing the health insurance fee (HIT) included in the Affordable Care Act. HCR 89 is being considered today by the Texas House Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility.

From Teachers Association of Health Plans


April 30, 2015

TEXAS STATE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: SUPPORTS TEACHER PAY RAISE PROPOSAL

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria issued the following statement in support of Senator Jose Menendez’s teacher pay raise proposal.

From Texas State Teachers Association


April 30, 2015

ANNIE'S LIST: REPRESENTATIVE INA MINJAREZ SWORN IN TODAY

Today, Annie’s List-endorsed Ina Minjarez will be sworn in as the new State Representative to House District 124 at 3pm today, Thursday, April 30, 2015 on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives at the Texas Capitol.

From Representative Ina Minjarez


April 30, 2015

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: APRIL EXPLODES WITH MULTIPLE HAIL STORMS ACROSS TEXAS

Texas insurance claims adjusters are working overtime in estimating the damage to homes, vehicles and businesses from multiple rounds of hailstorms over the state this month (See Hail Storm Map Below). Four separate storms in the past 10 days are expected to result in 60,000 auto insurance claims alone.

From Insurance Council of Texas


April 30, 2015

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: WHEN FACTS FAIL YOU, PLAY BEER PONG IN LEGISLATORS' OFFICES

Still refusing to acknowledge the legal distinction between a college campus and an off-campus party, members of the Texas chapter of the gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America spent Wednesday toting a portable "beer pong" game around the Texas Capitol.

From Students for Concealed Carry


April 30, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES TWO TO TEXAS FUNERAL SERVICE

Governor Greg Abbott today named Greg Compean of Richmond and Larry Allen of Mesquite to the Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC) for terms to expire February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


April 29, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS STAND WITH TEXAS WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Today, the Texas Democratic Party announced its opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which could ship good paying jobs abroad.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF REGENTS

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Veronica Muzquiz Edwards of San Antonio, Alan L. Tinsley of Madisonville and reappointed David Montage of Beaumont to the Texas State University Board of Regents for terms to expire on February 1, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


April 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS TWO AND NAMES CHAIR OF PRIVATE SECURITY BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed and named Patricia “Patti” James of Houston, Chair of the Private Security Board. Additionally he appointed Claude “C.D.” Siems, also of Houston to the board, both for terms to expire on January 21, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


April 29, 2015

TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: HOUSE PASSES $4.9 BILLION TAX CUT PLAN

Today, the Texas House of Representatives voted to pass a monumental $4.9 billion tax cut package in the form of two separate bills that were both unanimously supported by the Texas House Republican Caucus Members.

From Texas House Republican Caucus


April 29, 2015

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM: CSSB 1628 BY SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR WILL STOP STORM-CHASING TRIAL LAWYERS

Texans for Lawsuit Reform issued the following statement today regarding CSSB 1628 by Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, which is critical to stopping the lawsuit abuse being perpetrated by storm-chasing trial lawyers.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform


April 29, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: COMMISSIONER BUSH, GOVERNOR ABBOTT HEADLINE TEXAS CHARTER REVOLUTION TALLY

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Governor Greg Abbott joined forces today to show their support for public charter schools on the steps of the Texas Capitol. Commissioner Bush is making education a top priority at the Texas General Land Office.

From Texas General Land Office


April 29, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SENATE COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE PASSES S.B. 1743 BY SENATOR HINOJOSA

Yesterday, the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 1743 by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa relating to expanding the powers and duties of the office of capital writs and renaming the office of capital writs the office of capital and forensic writs.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 29, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER DAVID PORTER TOURS WESTMORELAND JEWETT MINE

Railroad Commissioner David Porter today toured the Texas Westmoreland Coal Company Jewett Mine, a 35,000-acre surface mine complex located between Dallas and Houston.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 29, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: COMMITTEE TO HEAR BILL TO PROTECT TEXAS WOMEN FROM COERCED ABORTION

Today, a hearing in the House Committee on State Affairs will determine whether Texas will join the seventeen other states that have already codified anti-coercion laws to protect pregnant mothers from being forced to abort their children.

From Texas Right to Life


April 29, 2015

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS RAISE THE ALARM ON ANTI-LGBT BILLS IN TEXAS

Civil liberties groups warned today that Texas lawmakers are leading the way on a strategy to subvert a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and enshrine discrimination against gay and transgender people in state law.

From Texas Freedom Network


April 29, 2015

TEXAS FAIR LENDING ALLIANCE: DECISION TIME NEARS ON KEY PAYDAY LENDING BILLS

A group of consumer, civic and religious organizations are urging key House and Senate committees this week to comprehensively address abusive lending practices by payday and auto title lenders that cost Texas consumers an estimated $1.4 billion annually in fees.

From Texas Fair Lending Alliance


April 29, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: HOUSE APPROVES TAX RELIEF FOR ALL TEXANS

Today, the Texas House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of a pair of bills that will provide $4.9 billion in tax relief for Texans. House Bill 31 would reduce the state sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent.

From Representative Ron Simmons


April 29, 2015

TEXAS CASA: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARS SENATE BILL 830 STRENGTHENING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE

Earlier today, the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony in support of the Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 830, which was the result of a collaborative effort between child welfare advocates, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

From Texas CASA


April 29, 2015

THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: BOARD OF REGENTS CHOOSE NEW CHAIRMAN, VICE CHAIRMAN

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today unanimously selected Cliff Thomas of Victoria as its Chairman and Elaine Mendoza of San Antonio as its Vice Chairman.

From The Texas A&M University System


April 29, 2015

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: TEXAS PHYSICIANS ASK LAWMAKERS TO FUND MEDICAID, MEDICAL EDUCATION, DISEASE PREVENTION, WOMEN'S HEALTH, AND MENTAL HEALTH

Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas significant health care needs.”

From Texas Medical Association


April 29, 2015

TEXAS COALITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY: TEXAS HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HEAR DEATH PENALTY REPEAL BILL

Today, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 1527, which calls for the repeal of the death penalty in Texas.

From Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


April 29, 2015

SENATOR LARRY TAYLOR: THE TRUTH ABOUT SB 1628

There have been many untruths and blatant lies regarding the intent of my consumer protection bill, SB 1628. This bill will eliminate catastrophic weather lawsuit abuse while assuring homeowners’ right to receive fair and timely claims payments from insurers.

From Senator Larry Taylor


April 29, 2015

SENATOR VAN TAYLOR: STATEMENT ON THE SENATE PASSING THE OMNIBUS ETHICS REFORM PACKAGE

Senator Van Taylor issued the following statement in response to the Texas Senate passing Senate Bill 19 the omnibus ethics reform package. “To have the honor of serving today, not only did our constituents give us their vote, they entrusted us to represent them above all else," stated Taylor.

From Senator Van Taylor


April 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF ETHICS REFORM LEGISLATION

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement after passage by the Texas Senate of Senate Bill 19 (V. Taylor), an omnibus bill that includes multiple initiatives from Governor Abbott’s emergency item on ethics reform:

From Office of the Governor


April 29, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: BUDGET TRANSPARENCY REFORMS BY DARBY PASS TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

This week, a pair of budget transparency reforms authored by Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) were adopted by the Texas House of Representatives.

From Representative Drew Darby


April 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: PATRICK ON PASSAGE OF HISTORIC ETHICS EXPANSION LEGISLATION 30-1

Today, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 19 (SB 19) by Senator Van Taylor. "Expanding ethics requirements for our public officers is not only the right thing to do, but it instills public trust," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 29, 2015

TEXAS BAPTISTS: FAITH LEADERS FOR FAIR LENDING TO DEMAND PAYDAY LENDING REFORM AT CAPITOL

Texas Baptists have joined with the Texas Catholic Conference and other evangelical church leaders to form Faith Leaders for Fair Lending, a grassroots effort by people of faith to demand reform of the payday and auto-title lending industries in Texas.

From Texas Baptists


April 29, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT APPOINTS ANWAR TO HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed S. Javaid Anwar of Midland to Texas’ Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire on August 31, 2015. Mr. Anwar will replace Jacob Monty.

From Office of the Governor


April 29, 2015

SENATOR BRANDON CREIGHTON: GOVERNMENT AGENCY SAVINGS INCENTIVE PROGRAM CLEARS TEXAS SENATE

Today, Senator Brandon Creighton's state agency savings incentive program legislation passed in the Texas Senate by a vote of 31-0. Filed as Senate Bill 677, this legislation creatively incentivizes state agencies to implement savings measures rather than spend all funds allocated to them.

From Senator Brandon Creighton


April 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT NAMES CHAIR AND APPOINTS THREE TO TEXAS OPTOMETRY BOARD

Governor Greg Abbott today named Dr. John Coble Chair of the Texas Optometry Board and appointed Dr. Carey Patrick, Dr. Ronald Hopping and Mr. Rene Peña to the Board for terms to expire on January 31, 2021.

From Office of the Governor


April 28, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS ON CIRCUIT COURT'S VOTER ID HEARING

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is hearing Texas’ appeal of a district court ruling that struck down Texas’ strict voter ID law. In 2014, Corpus Christi U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales ruled that Texas’ voter ID requirement violated the Voting Rights Act, discriminating against minority voters.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 28, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: HOUSE APPROVES TAX RELIEF FOR ALL TEXANS

The Texas House gave overwhelming preliminary approval Tuesday to a pair of bills that would reduce the tax burden on Texans. House Bill 31 would reduce the state sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent.

From Speaker Joe Straus


April 28, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, "MILLENNIA", POLYGAMY, DISCUSSED BY SCOTUS JUDGES IN MARRIAGE HEARING TODAY

Today the United States Supreme Court will heard oral arguments in the marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which will rule on the right of states to define their own marriage laws.

From Texas Values


April 28, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: ADVISES DISTRICTS OF COMMUNITY AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT DEADLINE

The Texas Education Agency has advised all school districts and charters of the summer deadlines to submit locally-assigned performance ratings.

From Texas Education Agency


April 28, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: PASSES SB 762 - PROVIDING TAX AND PAPERWORK RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Today Senator Bettencourt overwhelmingly in the Senate passed SB 762, (Co-authored by Senators Hall, Huffines, Kolkhorst, Van Taylor, and West) which increases the amount of business personal property that is exempt from property taxation from $500 to $2,500.

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


April 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: VOTER ID ESSENTIAL TO SAFEGUARDING THE INTEGRITY OF ELECTIONS

The Texas Attorney General’s Office today defended the state’s Voter ID law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

From Office of the Attorney General


April 28, 2015

STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY: GUNS ALLOWED AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RALLY TO "OPPOSE GUNS ON CAMPUS"

As if to illustrate the disconnect between opponents of campus carry and the current laws governing licensed concealed carry in Texas, the group UT Students Against Guns on Campus plans to hold an anti-campus carry rally in an area of the UT-Austin campus where the licensed concealed carry of handguns is already legal.

From Students for Concealed Carry


April 28, 2015

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: BILL TO INCREASE LANGUAGE EDUCATION FUNDING HEARD IN COMMITTEE

State Sen. José Rodríguez's SB 161, which would increase funding for programs that serve English Language Learner (ELL) students, was heard in the Senate Education Committee this morning.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT DIRECTS TEXAS STATE GUARD TO MONITOR OPERATION JADE HELM 15

Following discussions aimed at ensuring Texans are fully informed on Operation Jade Helm 15, Governor Greg Abbott today met with Major General Gerald “Jake” Betty, Commander of the Texas State Guard, and directed him to monitor the Operation.

From Office of the Governor


April 28, 2015

TEXAS FORWARD: HOUSE PASSES SHORT-SIGHTED TAX CUTS

Today the House passed close to $5 billion in tax cuts. In addition to a 25 percent cut to the franchise tax paid by businesses (HB 32), the House tax cut package includes a sales tax reduction of 0.3 percent (HB 31) – 40 percent of which would also benefit businesses.

From Texas Forward


April 28, 2015

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT: COALITION CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT PROSECUTORS IN CASES OF POLICE VIOLENCE, HEARING FOR SENATE BILL 338

“We, a diverse, statewide coalition of religious and community leaders, are calling for independent prosecutors to be assigned in cases of death or violence at the hands of law or government officials,” begins a public letter released today by the Texas Civil Rights Project.

From Texas Civil Rights Project


April 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: PAXTON STATEMENT ON SCOTUS MARRIAGE ARGUMENTS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made the following statement regarding the oral arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on the rights of the people and the states to define marriage:

From Office of the Attorney General


April 28, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement in advance of the United States Supreme Court hearing oral arguments today in a series of cases over whether states' same-sex marriage bans are constitutional:

From Office of the Governor


April 28, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: TEXAS COAL PRODUCTION INCREASES IN 2014

The Railroad Commission of Texas reports Texas coal production increased by 2.8 percent in calendar year 2014 over the previous year by 1,184,287 tons for a total of 43,633,881 tons produced from 2,651.7 mined acres.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 28, 2015

SENATOR BOB HALL: ANNOUNCES CITY OF TERRELL AS PRESERVATION GRANT RECIPIENT

Senator Hall, District 2, announced today that the Carnegie Library Museum, Terrell, Kaufman County, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF), a program of the Texas Historical Commission (THC).

From Senator Bob Hall


April 28, 2015

CHARLES PERRY CAMPAIGN: SEN. PERRY SELECTED TO JOIN '2015 CLASS OF EMERGING LEADERS'

GOPAC, a conservative think-tank organization that prides itself on "educating and electing a new generation of republican leaders", today announced its 2015 Class of Emerging Leaders.

From Charles Perry Campaign


April 28, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: CSSB 900 REGARDING WINDSTORM INSURANCE REFORM PASSES TEXAS SENATE

Today, the Texas Senate passed CSSB 900, authored by Senator Larry Taylor from Friendswood and co-authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa that relates to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 28, 2015

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS SUPPORT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION LEGISLATION

Today, the House Elections Committee is discussing H.B. 76 and H.B. 953, two bipartisan bills by Representatives Celia Israel and Carol Alvarado that allow Texans to register to vote online.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 28, 2015

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: PRAISES BUDGET REFORMS APPROVED BY HOUSE

Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Monday following the passage of House Bill 6, House Bill 7 and House Joint Resolution 111.

From Speaker Joe Straus


April 28, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: WEEK IN REVIEW

As we close in on the final weeks of the 84th Legislative Session, the pace of legislation moving through the process is picking up as well. Several important bills were passed this last week that I proudly voted for.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


April 27, 2015

KEEP TEXAS WORKING: POLL SHOWS TEXANS WANT GOVERNMENT OUT OF UNION BUSINESS

Keep Texas Working today called on the Texas State Senate to pass SB 1968 this week. The bill would prohibit all state agencies and local governments from deducting dues for labor unions and other employee associations from state employee paychecks.

From Keep Texas Working


April 27, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: PRODUCTION STATISTICS AND ALLOWABLES FOR MAY 2015

The Texas average rig count as of April 17, was 411, representing about 45 percent of all active land rigs in the United States according to Baker Hughes Incorporated.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 27, 2015

SENATOR JOSE MENENDEZ: TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON IMPROPER PHOTOGRAPHY

State Senator José Menéndez will hold a press conference on improper photography on April 28, 2015. Senator Menéndez filed Senate Bill 1317, which seeks to criminalize the act of taking an invasive and improper photographs of an individual without consent.

From Senator Jose Menendez


April 27, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: JOINS NATIONAL LEADERS AT SUPREME COURT TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE

Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which will rule on the right of states to define their own marriage laws.

From Texas Values


April 27, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: SECRETARY OF STATE CASCOS TO VISIT MEXICO

Governor Greg Abbott today announced Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos will travel to Mexico City on April 27th-30th to deliver a message of bilateral collaboration on behalf of the State of Texas.

From Office of the Governor


April 27, 2015

TEXAS CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION: MS. AMERICA STEPHANIE MILLS TO TESTIFY ON TEXAS CONCUSSION BILL

Dr. Stephanie Mills, DC, the reigning Ms. America 2014-2015 and a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic from New Hampshire, will testify on behalf of the Texas Chiropractic Association in support of HB 1231, a concussion bill authored by Rep. Allen Fletcher (District 130).

From Texas Chiropractic Association


April 27, 2015

TRANSGENDER EDUCATION NETWORK OF TEXAS: ADVOCATES CALL ON TEXAS LAWMAKERS TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER TEXANS FROM DISCRIMINATION

Decrying efforts to codify discrimination against people because of their gender identity or expression, transgender advocates on Monday called on Texas lawmakers to remember the consequences their laws have on real people and their families.

From Transgender Education Network of Texas


April 27, 2015

LARRY GONZALES CAMPAIGN: GONZALES NAMED TO BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Larry Gonzales, (R-Round Rock), was appointed to the five member conference committee for HB1, the state budget. He joins fellow House colleagues, Chairman John Otto, Vice Chairman Sylvester Turner, Representative Trent Ashby, and Representative Sarah Davis.

From Larry Gonzalez Campaign


April 27, 2015

TEXAS ASSOCIATION AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT: AND THE INSTITUTE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT ANNOUNCE NEW SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVALENCE NUMBERS FOR TEXAS; IT'S STAGGERING

Today the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) and the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (IDVSA) will hold a joint press conference to open this year’s University Police Sexual Assault Training (UPSAT) in San Marcos.

From Texas Association Against Sexual Assault


April 27, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARY GONZALEZ: INDUCTED INTO EL PASO WOMEN HALL OF FAME

Tomorrow, April 24th, State Rep. Mary E. González will be inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women's Hall of Fame for her work in public service. The celebration takes place during the organization's 25th anniversary.

From Representative Mary Gonzalez


April 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE FOUR PRICE: STATEMENT ON HOUSE BILL 2510

“The passage of CSHB 2510 is vital to focusing the Department of State Health Services on its core function of protecting the public health of Texans, improving the coordinated delivery of essential local mental health services and drug abuse treatment, as well as transferring the regulation of certain occupational licenses to other state agencies better equipped at licensure oversight.

From Representative Four Price


April 24, 2015

TEXAS VALUES: REPRESENTED AT NATIONAL MARCH FOR MARRIAGE, ORAL ARGUMENTS

Tomorrow Texas Values will join thousands from across the nation gathering in Washington D.C. to rally and march to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage being defined as one man and one woman.

From Texas Values


April 24, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: ORDERS "SHOW CAUSE" PROCEEDING FOR AZLE DISPOSAL WELLS

The Railroad Commission of Texas today directed the Commission’s Hearings Division to initiate proceedings requiring the operators of two disposal wells in the area of Azle, Texas to show cause why the injection permits for the wells should not be cancelled and the wells ordered shut-in due to an alleged connection raised by new seismic research between ongoing operation of the wells and seismic activity in the vicinity.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 24, 2015

SENATOR TED CRUZ: THE PEOPLE SHOULD DECIDE THE ISSUE OF MARRIAGE, NOT THE COURTS

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, yesterday filed the Restoration of Marriage Amendment and the Protect Marriage from the Courts Act to guarantee the American people’s right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

From Senator Ted Cruz


April 24, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: HOUSE BILL 3785: COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION BY MARQUEZ SCHEDULED FOR A PUBLIC HEARING IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE

State Rep. Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) will be addressing the Public Health Committee on Tuesday, April 28th, to discuss House Bill 3785.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


April 24, 2015

SENATOR CHARLES SCHWERTNER: NAMED TO BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Today, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) was appointed by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to represent the Senate on the conference committee for HB 1, the state budget for the 2016-2017 biennium.

From Senator Charles Schwertner


April 24, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: FRESHMAN SENATOR KOLKHORST APPOINTED TO SENATE BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed five Senators to serve on the budget conference committee, charged with crafting the final version of the state spending bill.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


April 24, 2015

SENATOR LOIS KOLKHORST: PASSES FOUR BILLS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Today, Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst passed Senate Bills 925, 934, 935 and 972 on the Senate floor, a legislative package to improve public schools in Texas.

From Senator Lois Kolkhorst


April 24, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: TEXAS SENATE PASSES SB 888 BY SENATOR HINOJOSA

Today, the Senate passed SB 888, authored by Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, to allow juveniles to immediately appeal a certification to be tried as an adult. By granting youth the opportunity to appeal that certification prior to trial and conviction, SB 888 provides certainty in criminal proceedings and ensures that youth are not improperly prosecuted in adult courts.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 24, 2015

TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION: ANNOUNCES TRAINING SEMINARS FOR NEW WEB-BASED CAMPAIGN FINANCE APPLICATION

The Texas Ethics Commission today announced that it will host a series of hands-on training seminars throughout the state to help candidates, officeholders, and political ? committees transition to the campaign finance filing application.

From Texas Ethics Commission


April 23, 2015

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER SITTON CALLS FOR HEARING ON SEISMICITY ISSUES

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today directed Commission staff to work with seismic researchers at Southern Methodist University to schedule a public meeting in response to their recently published study in Nature Communications titled, “Causal factors for seismicity near Azle, Texas.”

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 23, 2015

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: OP-ED: A NEW CALL TO THE NATION FROM THE ALAMO

179 years ago, Col. William Barret Travis' famous "Victory or Death" letter — written during the 1836 siege of the Alamo — stirred the hearts of a nation.

From Texas General Land Office


April 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT MEETS WITH HONDURAN PRESIDENT JUAN ORLANDO HERNANDEZ

Governor Greg Abbott today welcomed President Juan Orlando Hernandez of the Republic of Honduras to Texas for a meeting and discussion on the Texas-Honduras economic relationship.

From Office of the Governor


April 23, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: LT. GOVERNOR PATRICK RELEASES CONFERENCE COMMITTEE NAMES FOR STATE BUDGET

Today, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa as one of only five Senate appointees to the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 2, the Senate's version of the state's appropriations bill for the 2016-17 biennium.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 23, 2015

SENATOR PAUL BETTENCOURT: A WIN-WIN FOR TAX PAYERS AND GOVERNMENT BOTH

Today Senator Paul Bettencourt passed a bill allowing more business owners to go to arbitration to appeal the ruling of an Appraisal Review Board (ARB).

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


April 23, 2015

TEXAS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION: TX NURSING HOME PROVIDERS TO HOUSE BUDGET CONFEREES: FULLY FUND MEDICAID RATE TO GOVERNMENT-RECOMMEDED LEVELS TO COVER THE ACTUAL COST OF SENIORS' CARE

The Texas Health Care Association (THCA) today urged newly appointed state House of Representatives budget conferees to fully fund the Medicaid rate for skilled nursing care, following an April 2015 statewide poll of nearly 1,000 Texas voters that showed eighty percent of respondents say they are in favor of increasing Medicaid for nursing home care for elderly beneficiaries.

From Texas Health Care Association


April 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF SENATE EARLY EDUCATION BILLS

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the passage of several of his priority early education initiatives in the Texas Senate.

From Office of the Governor


April 23, 2015

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: 5TH AND 8TH GRADERS PEFORM WELL ON FIRST 2015 ADMINISTRATION OF STAAR READING

More than three-quarters of the state’s fifth and eighth graders successfully passed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) reading tests, according to preliminary results released today by the Texas Education Agency.

From Texas Education Agency


April 23, 2015

DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES: TEXAS SENATE APPROVES REPEAL OF ANTIQUATED LICENSE CAP BLUE LAW

The Texas Senate moved closer to repealing a relic of Prohibition and signaled support for small businesses across Texas by approving the Texas License Cap Repeal Bill, according the Distilled Spirits Council.

From Distilled Spirits Council of the United States


April 23, 2015

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ABBOTT ON THE LAURA INGRANHAM SHOW

Governor Greg Abbott today joined The Laura Ingraham Show to discuss the ongoing lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s executive amnesty order and the importance of securing the border, among other issues.

From Office of the Governor


April 23, 2015

REPRESENTATIVE JOE FARIAS: OP-ED REGARDING HAZELWOOD EXEMPTION

I witnessed my father cry once in my lifetime on the day I was leaving to Vietnam. That moment foreshadowed the pain and fear of war that burrowed deeper than jungle rot into this old man’s heart.

From Representative Joe Farias


April 23, 2015

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: TEXAS SENATE APPROVES LEGISLATION REQUIRING ADDITIONAL TRAINING FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS

The Texas Senate today (Wednesday) overwhelmingly approved legislation by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, that would enhance training for members of the governing boards of Texas institutions of higher education.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


April 23, 2015

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: SB 207 REGULATING THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES THE SENATE

Late yesterday, SB 207 authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was unanimously voted out of the Senate 30-1. This critical legislation is intended to significantly restructure the current system used by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Health and Human Services Commission who is tasked with investigating Medicaid fraud in healthcare provider claims.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 23, 2015

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: OPPOSES DEHUMANIZING MEASURES OF HOUSE BILL 708

Today, the House Committee on State Affairs will hear arguments regarding House Bill 708, an anti-Life measure that would strike the term “unborn child” from all state laws and the informed consent materials given to pregnant women before an abortion.

From Texas Right to Life


April 23, 2015

COASTAL WINDSTORM INSURANCE COALITION: WINDSTORM REFORM REDUCES BURDEN FOR COASTAL RESIDENTS

Tens of billions are being invested into the refining and petrochemical industries, maritime trade, waterway infrastructure, and new frontiers in the energy sector along the Gulf Coast of Texas. These large-scale investments are creating thousands of jobs and sending ripples throughout our state economy.

From Coastal Windstorm Insurance Coalition